I used it as a lip balm and as a treatment for dry spots, like elbows and heels. It's very thick and hard to apply. The smell is kind of odd. Anyway, it didn't work as good as I expected - didn't moisturize the skin and worked just as bad as a lip balm. I tried rubbing it between the hands; it makes application a little easier, but the results are still poor. Disappointing.
This shea butter is thick and waxy and completely odorless. (I am comparing it to some of the "raw" unprocessed stuff they sell at flea markets, which is yellow and oily.) If I didn't know it was 100% shea, I would think it was a very thick lip balm. I just buy the tiny $8 tins (1/4 oz) even though it's a rip-off, because there's no way I could use the much larger $40 tin before it went rancid. I use it for cracked fingertips, chapped hands, and a tiny dab as a lipstick base to make color cling longer. This is the ultimate occlusive barrier for skin-- great for extreme weather conditions-- but way too thick to use on large body areas IMO.
**EDIT: took off 2 lippies when I discovered that NOW Foods offers a 100% shea butter, 7 ounces for $9, that is every bit as good as L'Occitane's at a fraction of the cost. NOW's version is also not processed with hexane. I'm never looking back!
I use these most days after the shower and love it. It is especially great after a few days of really cold temperatures. The scent is not heavy like most body creams I have tried. It is expensive but the tub seems to last forever and it is so much better than anything else I have tried.
A great pure Shea Butter for really dry skin like heels and elbows. It's the real deal.
I received a sample of this and tried it on my dry skin, applying it to my temple area (where I have dermatitis) and also on the tops of my cheeks--which are just plain dry. (I also have areas of rosacea but avoided these areas). I used just a little bit and left it on overnight: It went on greasy (not a good feeling) and didn't help either area--still flaky/dry skin showing--yet still greasy from the shea the next morning! Even simple jojoba oil does a better job with flakies than this does for me.
I got this in a gift basket with other L'Occitane products. I have only used this as a lip balm and on dry skin areas. I love it as a lip balm. I generally put it on at night and wake up with nice moisturized lips. I also reach for it when my lips feel particularly dry. It is very mositurizing and long lasting. I haven't had the problem of my lips feeling drier after it fades like some others have mentionned. Yes it is over priced and I probably would not buy it on it's own because I do have a HG drugstore l/b that is great but for those who love L'Occitane and do not mind the price I recommend it.
I always keep one of the itty bitty tins in my purse. Its the only thing that works to smooth out the flakes I get around my nose and eyes from using retin-a. I can tap it on right over my mu without disturbing it if I need to, and it doesn't migrate into my eyes or make my oily skin oilier. Also great for cuticles, or cuts/burns when traveling. I'm not crazy about it for my lips as it does seem to dry them out after an hour or so, but its a cant-do-without item for everything else.
I got a tiny one of this at Duty Free (8 ml) so its cheap. its a cute little tub, but the cap falls off pretty easily. I'm in the middle of cold winter in Melbourne and my skin is flakey madly dry! and THIS does not help at all. Not impressed.
I actually got afew of these tins for free when i was travelling with malaysian airlines haha
this is a really nice product, i use it around my nails and around my lips. It doesnt have any smell and leaves no shine. although it aborbs into your skin really fast you arent left feeling like you need to reapply.
the tin is quite cute and its easy to just chuck into your bag.
I believe I got this in a package deal from qvc several years ago, and still have not used the entire full-sized tin. I tend to reach for it in the winter because my feet get so dry. I put it by my bed at night and cover my feet with socks. Otherwise, I find it to greasy for daily use. I love the smell of the shea butter products, so you won't find a hater here.